Monday, 8 August 2011

25 books every Christian should read

Over the years I have collected many fine Christian books to add to my growing library of spiritual classics. What are my favourites? Too many to mention. But what books should be included as fundamental to any collection of devotional masterpieces? Well recently I came across the following book which asks that very same question:  What are the 25 essential books for the Christian devotional life?

In 25 Books Every Christian Should Read, Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Chris Webb, and a diverse editorial board of authors and speakers have identified the most helpful and historic books for Christian discipleship and created a resource that helps us make the most of them.  It does include excerpts from each book just like Renovar√©’s much used Devotional Classics, and 25 Books is designed to even more so help readers work through the most important books for formation in Christlikeness.  From Augustine’s Confessions to Thomas Kelley’s A Testament of Devotion, this list and this resource will lead you on a journey of discipleship that few in the history of the Church have experienced.  HarperOne, softcover, 400 pages.

25 Books includes in each chapter:
•  a thorough overview of the title
•  insight into why it is an essential classic
•  guidance for your reading
•  an extended excerpt
•  a Study Guide for each excerpt and book
•  a list and annotated bibliography of vital contemporary authors

25 Books Editorial Board
Gayle Beebe, James Catford, Richard J. Foster, Emilie Griffin, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Michael Maudlin,  Richard Rohr, Lyle SmithGraybeal, Phyllis Tickle,  Chris Webb, Dallas Willard, and John Wilson

1 comment:

Jeffrey Rich said...

If you are considering adding to this list of "25 Books Every Christian Should Read," may I make a few recommendations?

"The Reason for God" by Timothy Keller;

"The Purpose-Driven Life" by Rick Warren;

"Neglected Treasure: Rediscovering the Old Testament" by Dan Johnson;

Of course, there are many others...but these should be cherished as classics.

Thanks,

Jeffrey Rich